The South Atlantic Fishery Management Council will hold a series of public hearings regarding Amendment 18A to the Snapper Grouper Fishery Management Plan later this month. Amendment 18A primarily focuses on measures for the commercial golden tilefish and black sea bass fisheries to account for anticipated shifts to those fisheries as regulations become more restrictive for other snapper grouper species. The amendment also addresses methods to improve the accuracy, timing, and quantity of fisheries data for both commercial and for-hire fisheries.
Public Hearing Schedule:
October 25, 2010 - New Bern, NC
Hilton New Bern, 100 Middle Street, New Bern, NC 28560; phone 252/638-3585
October 26, 2010 - North Charleston, SC
Hilton Garden Inn, 5265 International Blvd., N. Charleston, SC 29418; phone 843/308-9330
October 27, 2010 - Daytona Beach, FL
Hampton Inn Daytona Speedway, 1715 W. International Blvd.,
Daytona Beach, FL 32114; phone 386/257-4030
The public hearings will take place from 4:00 PM until 7:00 PM. Members of the public are invited to attend the hearings, learn more about the issues from Council staff, and provide formal comments to area Council members in attendance. Written comments will be accepted until November 12, 2010 and can be sent via email to: SGAmend18AComments@safmc.net, or hard copies to: Robert K. Mahood, Executive Director, South Atlantic Fishery Management Council, 4055 Faber Place Drive, Suite 201, N. Charleston, SC 29405. A public hearings summary for Amendment 18A will be posted on the Council's Web site at www.safmc.net by October 21, 2010.